July 21 Update: The books are here! The AAVSO has 100 copies of the book that we are selling at the same Cambridge Press discounted rate of $80. So please order from the AAVSO store and help support the organization. We have the books in stock for immediate shipment.
On Feburary 19, 2011 the number of observations in the AAVSO International Database surpassed the 20 million mark. It is fitting that this milestone was achieved during our 100th anniversary. Below is some information about the achievement.
Test your knowledge of the AAVSO! Every day we'll post a new trivia question to the website.
We have over 100 trivia questions, with topics covering the AAVSO, its history and its members. We'll rotate the question every day of 2011--come back every day and see if you can answer all of them! When we run out of questions, we'll start over from the beginning, so if you miss a question, it'll be back around in a few months.
We are planning an all out blitz on star parties and astronomy functions for our centennial year. We are sending speakers from the staff to give talks at Stellafane, ALCon 2011, Texas Star Party, Nebraska Star Party, Table Mountain Star Party and NEAIC, the Northeast Astro Imaging Conference. We are also in discussions to send representatives to the Black Forest and Connecticut star parties.
One Hundred Years of Variable Star Observing & Science
As amazing as it might seem, 2011 is the 100th anniversary of the American Association of Variable Star Observers. That's a century of citizen scientists working together to advance science, whether it be by supporting the research of professional astronomers or each other.